VietNamNet Bridge – China is willing to discuss the East Sea conflict at multilateral forums and protests unilateral activities, Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie said.
On the sideline of the Shangri-La Dialogu, the two Defense Ministers had a bilateral meeting.
At the meeting, Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh, mentioned the Binh Minh 02 incident on May 26.
General Thanh confirmed that the Vietnamese Party, State, Army and people attach importance to the friendship and multifaceted cooperation with China. He said that the good relations between the two sides still have a problem: sovereignty dispute in the East Sea.
“Sometimes regrettable incidents happen out of expectation of the both sides,” General Thanh said.
He told his Chinese counterpart the incident on May 26, when three Chinese patrol ships snipped the cable of Vietnam’s oil exploration ship named Binh Minh 02, in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.
“The incident has stirred up the public opinion and made leaders of the Party and the State of Vietnam worried. At this conference, some officials and the media also asked me about this incident,” General Thanh said.
He asked the inferior agencies of the both countries to seriously obey commitments made by the leaders of Vietnam and China.
“The two sides need to calmly solve the issue by peaceful methods, through negotiation based the international laws, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982) and the Declaration on Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC), which was signed between ASEAN and China,” he emphasized.
In his speech at the Shangri-La Dialogu, General Thanh mentioned the Binh Minh 02 incident.
“If I don’t mention it, the world still knows it clearly, because the captain of Binh Minh 02 is a Russian and its crew includes sailors of different nationalities,” General Thanh said.
Minister Liang Guanglie said that the East Sea dispute is a matter in Vietnam-China relations and China’s point of view in this issue is solving it through negotiation.
China is willing to discuss this issue at multilateral forums and protests unilateral activities. China commits to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea and fully implement the DOC, he said.
The Chinese Defense Minister also said that the two sides must observe the international laws, including the UNCLOS 1982.
According to him, the armies of the two countries need to cooperate more closely and China doesn’t expect a similar incident happens in the future.
He confirmed that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army wasn’t involved in the recent incident.